The newly-renovated McLeese Lake Library. Cariboo Regional District photo.

Interlakes Library’s opening delayed

Summer fires and trouble finding a location means library might not open until late January

Due to delays, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Interlakes Library will not open until 2018.

While the building has been installed, services are still being connected and delays and the holiday season have hampered the anticipated December opening. Furthermore, when the services are connected the library will then have to move all of its resources and set up shop.

“It took us a bit longer to find a site for it than it did McLeese Library because there was a library we were already replacing,” said CRD Chair Margo Wagner. “The biggest reason was the fires this summer. On Hwy 24, it was under an [evacuation] alert order for a lot of the summer, which really slowed everything down.”

The library they are replacing was inside the Bridge Lake School, which was closed by School District 27 in 2016 much to the community’s chagrin.

Margo Wagner said it’s expected to be opened in late January or early February but an exact date has yet to be determined. Wagner also said there was a big need for the library in the area.

“Libraries have kind of morphed into something completely different than they were 20 years ago,” she said. “There’s a lot more people accessing audio books on CDs, a lot of people accessing ebooks through the library system to read on their tablets. Libraries have become, especially in smaller communities, much more of a hub.”

Construction of the building’s foundation began in the middle of October. The building, however, is modularly allowing for a shorter time of construction and manufactured by Kamloops-based Horizon North.

The building is outfitted with computer stations, studying and reading areas.

The CRD will be using the design for all future stand-alone rural libraries in the future.

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Bridge Lake prepares for cowboy and girl invasion

The 69th Annual Bridge Lake Stampede set for June 30

100 Mile House art gallery displays ‘something totally new’ from photographer Chris Harris

The renowned photographer’s latest exhibit will be at Parkside art gallery from June 22 to July 21

Students at 100 Mile and Mile 108 Elementary visit with reptiles

‘It’s a great way for kids to get educated’

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

SCSAR activated to help in search for missing person north of Williams Lake

South Cariboo and Rescue has been activated for a missing person north of Williams Lake.

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Most Read